Registered Disability Savings Plan Action Group

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Action Group is an advisory committee to government that includes prominent financial and social leaders who will work to realize government’s Accessibility commitment to build and maintain B.C.’s position as the province with the highest per capita uptake of RDSPs in Canada.

One of the key building blocks to build a better B.C. for people with disabilities is Financial Security, which includes a goal for our province to have the highest savings rate for people with disabilities in Canada by 2024 through the use of financial tools such as the RDSP.

The RDSP is a long-term savings plan designed by the Government of Canada to help people with disabilities and their families save money for the future. British Columbia was the first province to support the RDSP, and ensures that money held in or paid out of an RDSP does not affect people’s income or disability assistance.

Norah Flaherty, a business consultant with Flaherty and Associates and the parent of a young adult with a developmental disability, serves as chair of the action group. Ms. Flaherty brings to this initiative exemplary leadership in disability program management.

Mandate and scope

  • The RDSP Action Group is a network of prominent and influential leaders in B.C. appointed by the Government of British Columbia to champion the Premier’s Accessibility commitment to grow and maintain B.C.’s position as the province with the highest per capita number of RDSPs in Canada
  • This will result in increased financial security for persons with disabilities and their families in British Columbia
  • The RDSP Action Group will act as an advisory group to government by championing the RDSP in their sector and range of influence
  • The RDSP Action Group will be supported by an RDSP Working Group. The Working Group will be responsible for implementing ideas and solutions generated by the RDSP Action Group and addressing barriers and solutions for people with disabilities to increase uptake of RDSPs in B.C.
  • The result will be an opportunity for the province to demonstrate that it's making B.C. the most progressive jurisdiction for people with disabilities in Canada through outstanding participation in the RDSP program

Action group members

  • Norah Flaherty, business consultant (chair)
  • Neil Belanger, executive director, B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)
  • Craig Brigidear, vice president, financial planning, BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Stephanie Debisschop, executive director, Plan Institute
  • Michael Edgson, investment and retirement planner, RBC Financial Planning
  • Brant Hasanen, financial advisor, Edward Jones Investments, past president, BC Chamber of Commerce
  • Justina Loh, executive director, Disability Alliance BC
  • Catherine Ludgate, senior manager of community investment, Vancity Credit Union
  • Trudie Manoloudis, executive director, child and youth services, Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia
  • Michael J. Prince, PhD, Lansdowne professor of social policy, University of Victoria
  • Jan Sampson, executive vice president, Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C.
  • Jack Styan, vice president, strategic initiatives, Community Living BC